Police arrest 3 women in fake coupon ring

Phoenix police say they have seized more than $25 million…

Phoenix police say they have seized more than $25 million worth of fake coupons and $2 million in other assets from the homes of three women linked to a widespread counterfeiting and forgery operation.

Officer James Holmes said officers served several warrants Tuesday morning at the Phoenix-area residences, and 40-year-old Robin Ramirez, 42-year-old Amiko Fountain and 54-year-old Marilyn Johnson were arrested after an eight-week investigation.

“We used undercover and covert operations to make purchases and to identify the three suspects,” Holmes said.

Police say Ramirez, believed to be the leader of the operation, bought the counterfeit manufacturer coupons overseas and then sold them on a website, savvyshoppersite.com, which is not associated with Phoenix’s Savvy Shopper Magazine. Fountain and Johnson are suspected of helping operate the site and helping to ship the coupons.

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